Winter is on the way!

Winter is on the way!

You are the receiver. Your spirit gives to you. Your spirit does not give to someone else. It receives from Source and gives you your humanness. This is the natural expression of the Universe. Gregge Tiffen (The Power of Giving Thanks – November, 2007)

This morning I was given the gift of feeling deep gratitude. Not the usual gratitude that seems centered in my head or even in my heart, but a physical sensation in every cell of my body.  And, beyond. I sensed that I was larger than my physical body and my gratitude for life extended and included that larger, ‘whole’ self.

The sensation grew from a seemingly simple thought: I could never have imagined living the life I live.  That thought was followed by a contradictory one: I must have imagined this life in some way or I couldn’t be living it.  Then, a fun little ditty emerged:

In some way,
In some way,
I must have imagined it in some way.

And, as I’m prone to do, I broke into song.

I imagine the power of this tree and the vast life she has led.

I imagine the power of this tree and the vast life she has led.

When I stopped singing a few seconds or minutes later, I felt a depth of gratitude that I don’t recall experiencing before. In that moment I knew that this life is mine, that I’m exactly where I’m meant to be now and in all the days (and lifetimes) ahead. Profound, deep gratitude swept through me.

This week finds those of us here in the U.S. in the midst of the Thanksgiving holiday. While it is good to have a special day to give thanks, the irony of Thanksgiving’s origins in this country deserves a pause for thoughtful consideration which I’ll leave each of you to do (or not). Despite the sadness I feel for the atrocities we force upon one another and on our dear planet, I’m grateful for this life and for the opportunities to learn and grow that are ever present.

Wherever your Thanksgiving finds you, may you feel a depth of gratitude that goes deeper and further than any you have felt in your past. May this special Thanksgiving prayer from Gregge Tiffen contribute to transporting you to that place: (http://cindyreinhardt.com/blog/thanksgiving-prayer)

What's not to be grateful for?  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

What's not to be grateful for?  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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